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Mar 30, 2011 9:00am EDT
communities around the globe. an example that strikes us is this march, the pakistanian minister was assassinated at the hands of extremists. he advocated for intolerance and religious freedom for all religious minorities in pakistan. for this courageous witness he was brutally murdered. we appreciate the of sympathy and condemnation that have come from our religious partners, our dialog partners in the muslim community. especially the islamic society of north america, the islamic circle of north america. they have stood with us as trusted allies in speaking out against violence and in defense of religious freedom. solidarity among people of every religion in the face of its attacks of people of any one religion is respect for religious freedom and action. in concluding, as a religious community our catholic faith commits us to defend and promote the rights of religious freedom for all as a moral priority and a human responsibility. this common commitment to religious freedom is at the heart of american life. it is also an example of a world where too many doubt people of religious -
CSPAN
Mar 11, 2011 12:00pm EST
part of this effort in looking for waste, fraud, and abuse, but you cannot use a hammer. in my district, when i talked to several hundred people who are involved with head start, these are working people. what they going to do with their kids? there are teachers who are preparing to be laid off because there is no money at the state or local level to support them. police, firefighters, the national institutes of health. i am hoping we can do it in a bipartisan way and come up with a plan that does not get to the bones of our government and our services to the people. host: we are going to be taking this weekend at the virginia festival of books on "book tv." we are going to be alive at this weekend from the organization of american historians. we will have live panel sessions on both saturday and sunday on c-span3. anbama, diana is independent. caller: i appreciate you taking my call. in reference to the foreign aid, let's bring that down to the united states grassroots. well with the perception be of me if i took my husband's income and went across the road and fixed my neighbor's roof
CSPAN
Mar 3, 2011 12:00pm EST
information age. the meal ticket for all of us is going to be the invention and creation of new products and services. so that's the great time and age that we live in. but if in this legislation we all of a sudden upset that apple cart where we are tilting the playing field in support of large corporations who were already -- who already made their market and made their markets and made their success and slowed down on the rate of innovation in their companies and do a lot to acquire technology from smaller inventors, but now all of a sudden in this underlying bill, particularly in the area of damages, make sure that the big corporations can win and any kind of legal -- in any kind of legal dispute against the technology holder or reators -- creator because they're able to out last them in a legal battle because they're more well financed, more well heeled and because of that change in the underlying bill, leave the small guy without many resources. the only thing that the small inventor has is their intellectual property and a fair day in court. and if now we take that away from them, i gu
CSPAN
Mar 22, 2011 9:00am EDT
. they basically created a system where once people go to the emergency room and use health care, other people who have health insurance pay for that. now currently both people and the private sector pay for that as well as people pay for that through their taxpayer dollars when their hospitals are reimbursed from the federal government. but that system is cost efficient. right now, if you choose not to get, you make purchases in other markets it doesn't really affect me ultimately. i mean, you know, it doesn't directly affect me. i don't end up paying for your health care. or for your purchase, your purchasing decision. what differentiates health care of other arenas is the fact that the federal government has chosen to regulate it in such a model, and the in these instances we have establish a right as health care actually, and that does create a different kind of role, that differentiates it from other arenas. >> and obviously while this is significant is because of course as a constitution sets up his unique structure of government where congress has only limited powers, and
CSPAN
Mar 8, 2011 9:00am EST
force and to me, that is the private sector sustainable kind of growth. now let us talk about the deficit and the issues of debt facing the economy. as all of you know what matters is what is our debt to gdp level and what matters is as the simpson-bowles commission revealed that is not what is important. conflating long and fiscal challenges with the deficit which is big this year is very dangerous because it leads you to do things that are not correct. we signed a tax deal in december in a bipartisan manner which was important. it gives payroll tax cut to encourage workers and encourage hiring. with incentives for education. all of those are important and everyone knew when they signed it, with 80 senators signing that deal, they knew it would increase the deficit in 2011. they're on the full growth path and a position to confront long run fiscal issues. and therefore we need to cut, in some sense running into this what the medium and long run programs are for the short run driven by the business. the president in the state of union outlined a budget that cuts discretionary spen
CSPAN
Mar 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
face and opportunities that missile defense provides us. under secretary of state, ms. ellen tousher is under secretary of state for arms control and national security. it is my pleasure to introduce her to you this afternoon. she serves as a senior adviser to the president, secretary of state for arms control, nonprorifflation and disrmerment. she chaired the house arms services seb committee on strategic forces where she was a supporter of missile defense. ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome under secretary of state for arms control and international security under secretary ellen tousher. [applause] >> good afternoon. it's great to be back. general pat, thank you for inviting me. he's a great patriot and his work is a great benefit. speaking from our colleagues, pat, we appreciate your advice and very, very hard work and thank you for your patriotism and making our country safer and more secure. i have spoken at this conference for several years now. when i was in politics as a member of congress from the california's 10th congressional district, i was a member af
CSPAN
Mar 10, 2011 9:00am EST
tongue] by ruling out all other options for coalition including what those of us on the left, you undermined your own stated aspiration for a labour government and limited the choice being presented to the public. [speaking in native tongue] let me make it clear that sinn fein will present a robust and constructive opposition to the government, and we will hold it to account for the decisions it takes. [speaking in native tongue] >> deputy? >> first of all, i'd like to congratulate you on your own election to the high office which you've achieved. and i think it's a particularly great achievement considering you retired from this house eight years ago and and that you will be automatically reelected at the next election. [laughter] but i say that with great sincerity, and i know you'll be -- [laughter] a very fine -- i would like to rise to, first of all, enact the first split in the technical group which -- [laughter] which formed itself yesterday. [laughter] i agree with many of the directions of deputy higgins, but one of the great virtues of this group is there is diversity an
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 12:00pm EDT
limited to the subject matter before us. so, i'd like to suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. reid: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the call of the quorum be terminated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent that the committee-reported amendments be agreed to en bloc, the motion to reconsider be laid on the table en bloc. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: the amended version of $1 493 be considered original text for the purpose of amendment. senator nelson of nebraska be recognized to offer an amendment to s. 493, following the reporting of the nelson amendment, the amendment be set aside and the republican leader be recognized to offer a first-degree amendment to the bill. following the reporting of the mcconnell amendment, the republican leader be recognized up to five minutes for debate only. following the republican leader's remarks, the senate resume consideration of the nelson from nebraska amendment. senator nelson be recognized up to ten
CSPAN
Mar 30, 2011 12:00pm EDT
they could not use violence to cling to power. but if president obama's policy fails to get rid of qaddafi, that iqaddafi,that -- that is ee lesson they will learn. the president left me wondering about the definition of military success. he said that our military mission is limited but how do we know when we've hit our limit. is it when qaddafi poses no throat civilians, is it when all his thugs are gone, or is it when qaddafi steps down. this week's racy from president obama makes it -- weak's address from president obama makes it clear to me that we may be headed for a decades-long mission in libya. our military is stretched thin enough as it is. this weekend, the secretary of defense -- this is what secretary of defense gates said. he said that when asked about libya, whether it's in our vital interest, he said, "no, i don't think libya's a vital interest for the united states." so what are we doing? well, i understand that the president may sincerely want to save lives in libya, but our country cannot afford to be the police force for the rest of the world. we did not step in
CSPAN
Mar 3, 2011 9:00am EST
use of those sources as authority. no one would cite this article as legal authority that controls the proposition of law. the same exact rule applies to any foreign president or for or in what. -- foreign law. >> at the recommendation of the chairman of would like to invite you to my office to have a sit down at your convenience before the committee. i promise the chairman that i would do that when your nomination was discussed. earlier today you said there are areas of the constitution that are very precise. i have a question for your article 3 section 2 that judicial power will extend to all cases arising under this constitution and treaties made of which they will be made under their authority. is that precise to you? the idea of precisely this is an important definition. >> certainly. article 3 section 2 contains with it an absolute requirement that judges the site only cases of controversy and do not render advisory. that is fairly explicit in the text of the constitution. >> the reason i ask that question is the chairman quoted you in terms of your statement absolute fidelit
CSPAN
Mar 4, 2011 5:00pm EST
. we respect them both. we can certainly use our expertise to offer clarity to protect the waters. >> i don't want you out controlling and regulating. the state of idaho can do that. let me ask another question. this has been an ongoing problem that the work force with the mission and goals. this is a management issue. where are you on that and what's your take on that recommendation or that concern by the bao? >> we are planning and we have moved around in the last budget that i've been involved in our agency talent to address concerns. when we look at programs, part of what we're reflecting is the need to move talent around. i think that we have to manage our people efficiently, and i disagree with the -- i'm so sorry. that we aren't doing that right now. i also think we have to work closely and realize that some of our tools, the 1982 position management system. i don't believe we should be going back to try to make a new one. i think we should look at the programs that we have right now and do what we have done which is constantly strengthening our capabilities and working within a
CSPAN
Mar 22, 2011 12:00pm EDT
, dramatically reduce the willingness of people to use this. we ought -- we insist it can't happen, but unless we get a set of institutions, anything can. thank you. [applause] .. >> whether you are southern or western, suburban, or exurban, how can we ensure that all consumers regardless of where they are, who are they, will have access to some of the great technologies that you've stated we'll see in the future, but i want to ensure that they are wildly available, not just available, but affordable. >> one aspect of that, mark was talking about the 1/3 of the population don't have broadband today. the truth is only about 5 or 6% of the people can't really get broadband. it's just not available to the 5 or 6%. the other people haven't adopted it. part of it why they are not adopting it. part of it is can we get it to everybody else. on the lge which is next generation wireless. we are going to deploy it and 100 people could get it and by the end of 2014, it should be available to the entire population. there are areas we know we can't deploy to. in those areas we have a program called
CSPAN
Mar 21, 2011 8:30am EDT
them. stream all the videos anytime online at student cram.org -- student cam.org. >> joining us on newsmakers on this sunday is greg jaczko, thes chair of the nuclear regulatory commission appointed by president obama.ucle thanks for being with us. >> guest: thanks for having me. >> host: joining us with the questioning is matt wald, new york times, and steve power, both energy reporters. you for being with us. >> thank you. >> host: you're going to get a status report tomorrow on what happened in japan and lessons learned for the u.s., what do you think you're going to s learnsome. >> guest: we're going to have a meeting tomorrow with the full commission at the nrc to get an update on the current status onm the situation in japan. we'll probably have a brief discussion then about what kind of impact radiation can have for the public, and then we'll take a look at some things, kind ofei plan for a plan for how we intend to go forward to do our review and look at what, what kinds of thing we may need tod look at for the u.s. nuclear reactors. >> host: and with the fukushima plant in
CSPAN
Mar 9, 2011 5:00pm EST
critical first step toward reining in our deficit and debt and putting us back on a path to fiscal solvency. i appreciate the hard work of my colleagues in the house and the efforts required a lot of compromise and tough decisions. and i supported the passage of h.r. 1, but i do have serious concerns with the defense-related spending of this bill. the defense-related spending on h.r. 1 is not sufficient for us to carry out our responsibilities to the men and women who are serving in the military and fulfill our national security requirements. therefore, if we are going to embark on another two-week continuing resolution, as it appears that reports indicate may be the case, then i will be compelled to oppose an amendment which will then fund our nation's national security requirements for the remainder of the year. that number, as i have determined it, is approximately $535 billion normal defense appropriations and $159 billion for war funding, known as overseas contingency operations. now, mr. president, the secretary of defense, who i have disagreed with from time to time, which i
CSPAN
Mar 2, 2011 5:00pm EST
we're going to have to look to the folks who are lending us all this money, including the chinese, for consent in terms of how we map our future. is that the future we want to hand to our kids? certainly not the future i want to hand to my kids. that's what it's all about. and, again, it's not far off in the distance. this is an immediate challenge. this could lead to an immediate economic crisis unless we get ourselves on the path to a balanced budget quickly. again, step one is cuts this year, a budget that is going back to 2008 levels, prestimulus, pre-obama budgets this year. that's step one. but step two is some sort of important structural reform like a balanced budget constitutional amendment that puts a straitjacket on congress, that demands that we get there in a reasonable period of time. madam president, the huge majority of states operate under exactly this type of constitutional amendment. the huge amount of municipalities, towns, cities, other jurisdictions operate under this sort of constraint, and it's hard sometimes. it demands tough choices. in times like these, in a
CSPAN
Mar 11, 2011 9:00am EST
required to have the terms increase the budget and put us on all the ideas. if we for example -- there are so many assumptions, and very different figures but if we saw an economic growth that we want, if we saw as afghanistan, having 52% with defense spending be pretty you would see us get to that level. .. >> what would be the consequences of failing to increase the defense budget by in real terms some noticeable amount from 2015? >> if we wanted the rate of real terms increase will determine how quickly we can get to the benchmarks that we have set out for 2020. if it is a steep increase, we will reach that point earlier. >> what do you mean by steep? let's say 3% real terms increase pay year? >> well, that would be very nice. [laughter] >> and, of course, that -- it also depends on the decisions that we take in the early years as to where we are on the carbon as to the upswing of that. they are all dependent on, if, for example, we were to take steeper savings in the early year, it requires a sharper upswing in the late years to get to the same point. the rate -- the actua
CSPAN
Mar 7, 2011 8:30am EST
us and our viewers, the american people, when you stack them up against the national debt, the national defense, the weighty issues that they're wrestling with, you know, we're not at the top of the list. and usually after an election like this we have divided government, coming up to a presidential election, pretty much anything that's going to pass on it own for its policy merits has got to happen before the august recess because the window closes. everything after that that passes either passes out of political necessity or to keep the government running. and so it'll be all politics all the time pretty much after labor day. so whether it'll happen or not remains to be seen. but when it comes to us and auctions, it -- we volunteer to help, but we're really concerned about how you talk about repackaging. as for the radio issue, we, we got really close with them. we're still at the table. we hope they come back. we think there's a community of interest, but i can't and won't abandon radio, small and large, to a new fee that ultimately, i think, hasen equal -- has an equal econ
CSPAN
Mar 24, 2011 12:00pm EDT
, you know, in fact, for us, strangely enough, it was the u.s. government is trying to with the volcker rule, not specifically, the rule the way it's written is make it prohibitive for us to invest in venture capital firms. two years, the china gave svd money to invest in china. it happens in two weeks. we want given your expertise to invest money in china in the top capital firms. and literally happened in two weeks. their ability to make decisions quickly is for me one the concerns for the u.s. which is they see the innovation sector as well. as much as i'm a believer in the u.s. ability to create jobs and innovation will continue to be a dominant player here, we can't take our eye off of the ball in the whole world economy and what's happening. it is -- the activity level is definitely picking up. >> yup. and that's really the call to action here. i want to be able to out compete, others based on our entrepreneurial assets. yes? >> hi, i'm claudia veek, i run cameo which is a statewide effort of microfinance in california. i'd like to make a couple of points. everything start
CSPAN
Mar 10, 2011 5:00pm EST
children cannot afford for us to squander this opportunity. i urge all of my colleagues to join me today in supporting the student nondiscrimination act and in demanding protection for all, all of our children under the law. madam president, i ask unanimous consent that the bill's text be included in the record. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. franken: thank you, madam president. i yield the floor and ask -- suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the leader. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the equal of the quorum be terminated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i now move to proceed to calendar number 17, s. 493. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: motion to proceed to calendar number 17, s. 493, a bill to re-authorize and improve the sbir and sttr programs, and for other purposes. mr. reid: mr. president, i have a cloture motion at the desk and ask that it be reported. the presiding officer: the clerk will re
CSPAN
Mar 1, 2011 5:00pm EST
efforts of those of us who want to avoid it, it's possible it could happen again. if it were to happen again, we want to make sure that we have no default on our debt, that interest is paid, and that social security checks go to their recipients as they should. there will be plenty of resources from ongoing tax revenue to make sure that that happens, and anything less would be very irresponsible, so i would urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this amendment. the presiding officer: all time is expired. mr. leahy: i ask for the yeas and nays on the leahy-grassley leahy-grassley-kyl et al. managers' amendment. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there is a sufficient second. the clerk will call the roll. vote: vote: the presiding officer: any senators wishing to vote or change their vote? on this, the ayes are 97, the nays are 2. the amendment is agreed to. a senator: move to reconsider. mrs. boxer: lay it on the table. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. baucus: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from montana. the senate is not in order. pleas
CSPAN
Mar 18, 2011 12:00pm EDT
fail." perhaps disconcerning was the fact that our regulators used t.a.r.p. to keep even insolvent banks afloat. after t.a.r.p., creditors, investors in big banks have every reason to expect that the u.s. government will never allows the banks to fail. even worse, it makes big banks careless about the risks they take and makes the next financial crisis more likely and even more severe. darp, i believe, has created moral has sard with respect to financial regulation. by using t.a.r.p. to bail out banks, our financial regulators were able to hide the regulatory failures, and there were many leading up to the crisis. going forward, our regulators will have reduced insent is to be tough with the big banks if they know their work has little baring on whether or not the bank fails. government has intervention in the market to achieve end. the sloppy drafting gave the treasury secretary unfettered discretion on how he spent the money, and as a result, he was used to bailout politically powerful auto makers and put billions into a homeowner assistance program. some say t.a.r.p. is a succes
CSPAN
Mar 8, 2011 5:00pm EST
often no longer useful. in fact, just last week the government accountability office released a landmark report on government duplication and overlap. the report reveals that in as many as 34 different areas across the federal government, agencies are offering overlapping services to similar populations. now, as we think about how we need to address our debt and deficit, we should begin by eliminating these kinds of duplicative programs. that's the type of reform we should be considering. we should be eliminating duplication and making targeted cuts and investments in our future. we should be making investments in projects like the memorial bridge which connects new hampshire and maine and is a critical economic engine for the sea coast region of new hampshire and maine and the shipyard that is so vital to making sure that we can upgrade the ships in our navy. now even though this bridge has been recognized as a national priority and it enjoys support from the maine and new hampshire senate delegations, the project to replace the bridge is being threatened by ill-considered reckless cuts
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 9:00am EDT
with us for some time anyway. and as i understand, her reason for saying so was recovery from financial crisis, banking crisis, driven recessions is historically much slower than recovery from garden-variety, excess demand recessions. now, i'm not perhaps described in economics just right, but the book essentially document very slow recoveries from financially driven recessions. and, therefore, that might be the proper imperative, not recovery from previous recessions that had less fundamental crises driving them. >> you are raising a question that is very difficult in economics as to what is causing, money and how it affects -- how it functions. issues are not necessarily exclusive explanations. first of all, if you can basically get the to, as i've tried to, the specific decision-making processes which is creating the problem, i submit that that is somewhat superior to historic analogies. carmen reinhart has got great credentials. she is an employee of great testing. songsters are going to argue against her, especially since i see her on occasion with her husband. and they a
CSPAN
Mar 24, 2011 9:00am EDT
key factor leading us into a very deep and lengthy recession, at point house -- at this point housing is not bringing the macro economy down, but neither is it lifting it up. if you look at this slide, and, yeah, okay. you guys can -- i see it here. yeah, there's screens over there. if you look at this slide -- i'm color blind, but i think it's the red line. this is housing's contribution to the growth in gdp. and you can see that huge gap as housing investment tanked, became a huge negative, led the economy into recession. and the blue line, the other line is gdp growth, and you can see how deep that was. but as jim pointed out, gdp's now been growing for about six quarters at an average rate of 3%. employment which, of course, was a huge negative in the private sector has now been growing for 12 months, 1.5 million jobs. and what you can see is housing, the contribution of housing to gdp growth in this slide is about zero. so it went from being a huge negative to being a zero. now, if you look back on the earlier numbers in the expansion of the 2000s, you see it was an important con
CSPAN
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
health, lead to a much larger reduction in the use of medical care, and seriously compromise access to needed health care. there are a lot more thoughtful ways to harness the cost of medicaid than what the colleges are proposing. it reflects the common sense of philosophy among individuals of federal and state government. the medicaid maintenance is the state's responsibility in the near term until full health reform is reached in 2014. after that, 100% of the cost of medicaid expansion included in health reform will be born by the federal government and phased down to 90% in 2020. furthermore, the aca costs state to the federal government, and institutes delivery system reform, and finance the state efforts to establish medical homes in medicaid which will improve care for those with substantial health need. we give the states important tools to fight fraud in the medicare and medicaid. we need to think about the profound devastation some of the republicans proposals would have on working families and the state health agencies that serve them. i've been here for a long time. it's a
CSPAN
Mar 1, 2011 4:08pm EST
reform a process that's gotten us into this fix? gotten us to the point where we're running a debt of 10% of g.d.p., where our total debt is screaming towards totally unsustainable levels. i can tell you the folks in pennsylvania know very we will that you cannot continue living beyond your moneys, as this government has done. i see this as a very constructive and important opportunity to begin to have there discussion about how we're going to get this process under croavment i appreciate the help from senator vitter and i will yield back my time to him. mr. vitter: i thank my distinguished colleague and again this amendment, as modified, simply says that if we were ever to reach the statutory debt limit for the federal government, then revenue coming in would go first to service two things -- social security checks and interest on the federal debt. so that would not put -- be put in jeopardy for months down the line. and the purpose of this amendment is to try to take, quite frankly, again, madam president, some of the scare tactics and some of the hysteria out of the debate. and to urg
CSPAN
Mar 10, 2011 12:00pm EST
no guarantee that is will be done. but the truth of it is, most of us know that we can improve in the area of energy. and with oil prices at above $100 a barrel, the price at the pump heading towards $4 a gallon, we need to develop a coherent national energy policy to find that common ground. that need has taken on even greater urgency. so -- so what makes for good energy policy and how can we ensure that agreement is finally reached on meaningful energy legislation? i think we should have essentially five goals and those five goals are an emergency that is abundant, that is affordable, that is clean, diverse, and domestic. now, i -- i realize that these words, especially in exings with with -- in combination with one another, don't lend a clever acronym or a catchy slogan. maybe we need to rearrange them and figure out what word we can make. but if we follow these, if we follow these as our guiding principles and make sure that our legislative efforts reflect each and every one, i believe that genuine progress can be within our reach. so let's start with the concept of affordable ene
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Mar 14, 2011 8:30am EDT
, that's money in the marketplace which is better than having it offshore and used offshore. i'd rather have it here in the form of dividends to shareholders or investment in the country and than never used in america. >> host: congressman greg walden is chairman of the commerce subcommittee on communication and technology. mike zapler with ""the politico"," thank you both. >> guest: thank you. >> coming up on c-span2, a portion of recent testimony by transportation secretary ray lahood on president obama's 2012 budget request. then more on transportation as we bring you live coverage of the american public transportation association's legislative conference. later, the senate returns at 2 p.m. eastern for general speeches. that'll be followed later by debate and a vote on a u.s. district court nomination as well as a procedural vote on a bill authorizing small business administration programs. >> author, poet and playright ishmael reid is on "in depth," live sunday, april 3rd. he's written over 25 books including "airing dirty laundry laundry," "another day at the front." join o
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Mar 16, 2011 9:00am EDT
australians -- >> the members have been used. >> using the opportunities that this parliament has given us to make a change for the future of this country. a change that will be better for prosperity. better for jobs. better for a clean energy future, and it's a change that's delivered fairly. or whether you decide if your politics is about destruction and you want australia to miss the change in the global economy to a clean energy future. no new jobs, studies what the leader of the opposition is advocating. well, can i say to the leader of the opposition, now is the time for him to put aside the brutal politics he has played with climate what i think, in believing that climate change is real one moment. climate change is not real the next. carbon should be priced one moment, carbon should be priced the next. now, is the time for the leader of the opposition to actually try and do something right for this country. now is the time for the leader of the opposition to put away his slogans, put away his spin, put away his propensity for political destruction and actually work with the rest of
CSPAN
Mar 2, 2011 9:19am EST
people diplomacy and i would like to say us do even more of that. >> and what about the use of new media? >> we are moving very rapidly on the use of new media. i have an extraordinary team of young people as you might expect who are leading the charge on this. and it has totally changed how we are communicating because, you know, twitter, facebook, they're in real time. and you can't overlook broadcasting and, frankly, i wish we were doing a better job in our broadcasting efforts. i've met with walter isaacson, who is the new chair of the broadcasting board of governors. aljaengineers -- aljaeera. we should do a very effective job in communicating. still most of the people get their news and images from television and radio. we can't forget old mud media while we try to break new ground on new media. >> another hearing we had last year, we had ambassador at large talking about women's empowerment worldwide. i really have serious concerns about the recently passed c.r. the reinstatement of the global gag rule, the reductions in international family planning and global health assist
CSPAN
Mar 17, 2011 5:00pm EDT
traditional plans often because public employee unions use taxpayer-funded union days to elect state and local politicians and ask the same politicians they just elected for costly pension deals. when a union bargains with a private employer, employer and employees has an interest in the business continuing as a viable enterprise. if the benefits are costly and under controllable, the business goes under and everyone is out of a job. but where are -- where the interests are in a negotiation between a public employee union and the person they just helped to elect to office, where are those interests? union bosses are sitting across the table from the governor of the state. the governor they helped to elect with millions in campaign contributions and they ask them for a costly guaranteed lifetime retirement package often with little or no cost sharing by the public employee. what is a politician going to say? sorry, but i can't help you? i doubt. it i want to read you something from the "wall street journal" on october 22, 2010, prior to the last elections the journal carried a story about the r
CSPAN
Mar 7, 2011 12:00pm EST
human spaceflight. heisey human spaceflight really as the essential dna of nasa. and i would like for us to get back on a path of really investing in human spaceflight as quickly as we can. i think, as you said, reasonable people can disagree over these matters but i'm here today to petition you, and to move back in the direction of allocating more towards human spaceflight. we can talk about the proper allocation between commercial and actual nasa flights, but i still think we need to move in the other direction. you mentioned also in response to a question offer today, that were the savings of commercial space flight versus nasa human spaceflight, i believe. and your response was i believe was i don't know. and it seems to me that that's the things that we're going to have to deal with you on the would you please just expand on the answer a bit? >> i'm glad you asked because it gives me and it chance to elaborate. when we talk about connecting all the aspects of nasa, the nasa portfolio, we cannot separate human spaceflight from science. our science missions may in a few to utilize the
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Mar 8, 2011 12:00pm EST
legislation before us to help everyone from start-ups to small businesses to our largest cutting-edge companies. it is going to create jobs, it is going to mean improved products, and before my voice gives out, i say now is the time to create jobs at home. now is the time for congress to act on patent reform. we can actually accomplish something here and not add a cent to the deficit. mr. president, i ask consent that my full statement be made part of the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. leahy: mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from virginia. mr. warner: mr. president, i ask that the proceedings under the quorum call be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. warner: mr. president, i rise today to add my voice to the debate that has been going on in this chamber about spending proposals and how we get through the balance of this current fiscal year and ensure that we don't end up with a government shutdo
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Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm EST
management practices and use of technology. in conclusion, despite many conflicts, challenges and eevelopment, u.s. foreign assistance is making a challenge difference with children being reunited with their families after being attacked did, traffic reviews. low-income women are accessing judicial system for the first time and we are encouragingbeing expansion of the program.ked health care workers are gaining skills necessary.s are gaining skills necessary for cure rative measures. across areas where foreign assistance is needed, we are promoting approach that addresses long-term sustainable development. members of the subcommittee, thank you for your attention and i look forward to answering your questions and providing additional information. thank you for your testimony. >> let me start off by, mr. aflak in his testimony with regards to the elections. i would ask whether or not you think that gap would be bridged and by whom? he requests that the u.s. government takes a hard look and asks if offering the assistance to truly support a free and fair election is there. >> with r
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Mar 30, 2011 5:00pm EDT
cease fire is still being breached, and it's absolutely right for us to keep up our pressure under u.n. security counsel 1973. i can confirm to the house the coalition took action yesterday against supreme forces and yesterday overnight through 24 soldiers and tornado aircraft destroyed or tillly. you asked the question about arming the rebels. i said before in the house we must do everything to comply with both the security counsel resolutions, and as i told the house, the legal position is clear the arms embargo applies to the whole territory of libya, but at the same time, 1973 allows all military measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas. our view is this would not necessarily root out those protecting l civilians in certain circumstances. as i told the house before, we do not root it out, but have not taken the decision to do so. >> i thank the prime minister for that reply and get further in the statement at 12:30. i thank you for your kind wishes and all members of the house for my forthcoming wedding which i'm looking forward to. i may be coming to you in the c
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Mar 18, 2011 9:00am EDT
less than half the time as any of the rest of us. continue to be a principal director. professor at the best professor petraeus then spent time teaching at west point and most of us know the story from that point on wherein the following two decades i will remind you that depending how you count europe he is in his seventh deployment including deployment in haiti, bosnia, 3 deployment in iraq and now his command position in afghanistan. on top of that let me mention a couple awards he has won. many are familiar to you. the distinguished service medal, bronze star and when you may not have heard of. the gold award of the iraqi order of a calm. we have seen a number of accomplishments in this young man's career. and 2007 he was runner-up for time person of the year. still not convinced anyone had a better 2007 than general petraeus and we're very grateful for the accomplishment in iraq and what he is doing now. a want to conclude this introduction in a way that is a pro. to thank his family, his wife and children and all the military families around the country but please join me in a
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Mar 29, 2011 12:00pm EDT
fought for our status and she gave us a new stature. when the campaign was over, she continued for all of her life to be a source of inspiration and empowerment for women. in those early days of the second wave of the american women's movement, the movement defined we women on what we did not have, what we did not have access to, what was it we didn't have? equal pay for equal work. it's hard to believe that we were not included in the research protocols at n.i.h. and when it came to having access to credit, we could not get a loan or a mortgage in our own name in many circumstances. weengdzed a husband, a father, or a brother to sign for it. but when geri was chosen for vice president, she showed us what we could be what modern women in america had become. women felt if we could go for the white house, we could go for anything. geri inspired. and on the night of july 19, 1984, in san francisco, in the musconi center, geri gave her acceptance speech. she became the first woman to be nominated for vice president for a major party. what a night. i was there. the thrill, the excitement in
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Mar 16, 2011 12:00pm EDT
jobs here, not abroad. chinese currency manipulation is costing us jobs and undermining our businesses, and it must be stopped. and we need stronger enforcement of laws to prevent foreign export subsidies and intellectual property theft. third, to invent more. the renewable energy tax credits and other incentives which encourage businesses to create and produce green-energy solutions should be made permanent. the r&d tax credit which creates incentives to invest in research should be extended indefinitely and expanded. the people of connecticut want bipartisan efforts to achieve job creation and economic growth. they want partnerships among business, labor, and education. and they want bipartisan efforts to help our veterans so that after those veterans serve our country, they return to a paycheck instead of an unemployment line. and that is why in coming weeks i will introduce to help secure job opportunities for our veterans and provide training, health care, higher education and more. as i travel across the state of connecticut, i listen to people like the squatreetos, th
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Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm EDT
this time the speculators are seizing on the turmoil in the middle east and north africa to use that as an excuse to drive this price of oil sky-high. and yet, recent upheavals abroad have had little, if any, effect on the actual supply of oil. again, coming back to the economic theories of supply and demand. libya, for example, controls only 2% of the world's oil supply. well, mr. president, there's a key piece of evidence that points the finger at these condo flippers of the commodities market. data from the commodities future trading commission, the cftc, revealed since january when the protests began in egypt, speculators increased their betting on future oil price increases by more than 38%. and meanwhile, legitimate hedgers for oil futures contracts -- legitimate hedgers like airlines and shipping companies and oil companies -- have actually reduced their holdings in oil futures contracts. now, for example, all you need to do is to see what's happening as represented on this chart. you see closely how the rise in oil prices, the red line, tracks the increase in speculative acti
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Mar 31, 2011 9:00am EDT
fair number of those people who had used methods of avoiding paying what they should be paying on that income? >> first of all, i agree with you that they should pay what they're asked to pay in taxes. and we haven't discussed it today but there's about a billion pounds am going for a very well-paid people who use what was called disguise enumerations where they get alone, the loan is for the rest of their life. it gets written off when they die. we are stopping that. when it comes to the calculation about the 50p, we are operating on the obr is operate as i understand it, they're operating off the costings done for the previous government. obviously, i'm not privy to th that. i will start have a discussion afterwards and i don't know if we can provide a note about not costing was arrived at. but it wasn't my cost. >> it would be simply, chancellor, do not agree it would be rather than seeing the january review for a change of policy, rather than your 50p that you don't want for reasons that you can argue, if it was not commensurate with the number of people who should be paying i
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Mar 21, 2011 12:00pm EDT
tsunami. and shame on us if we don't learn from their misfortune. japan is the most advanced nation in terms of seismic hazard and their earthquake early warning system saved thousands of lives. with our funding, usgs got a big leapup on our own early warning system in the advanced national seismic and funding to implement a prototype is now caught up in the uncertainty of the 2011 budget. but we continue to plan for it when our funds do become available. the president's 2012 budget doesn't include provision to begin the nation's land imaging program as you mentioned. it's a home of a landsat set of satellites. landsat over its nearly 40-year history monitoring earth from space has become the gold standard for viewing land ann planetary scale. users include educators, government at all levels, agribusiness, water managers, the commercial sector and ngos and they've downloaded more than 4 million scenes. the advent of google earth has lowered the technology threshold to data usability for all. while nasa will still be our partner with responsibility for spacecraft, instrument integratio
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Mar 25, 2011 9:00am EDT
all of us heard about what happened to women over there so what are the rules of civil society to advocates for women's rights? thank you. .. >> and what needs to happen to ensure that they can operate freely and to maxim benefit for civil society. and also give that many of these are u.s. based companies, is there a role for u.s. policy to promote the freedom to connect? >> one more from this side of the room. the way in the back. >> thank you. my name is john wooden. thank you all for your really excellent recitation. jackie, i was interested in your comment about more bottom-up development. others wonder if you could operationalize that with some examples. and also to ask whether the model of cooperatives and particular worker cooperatives can play a constructive role here? thank you. >> okay, let's come back to the panel, let him respond to this set of questions and then i think would probably have time for at least one more round in addition to that one. i think perhaps the most efficient way to do this is just simpler to start at the right and work our way across and let peo
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Mar 24, 2011 7:32pm EDT
us our future and i think that is quite deliberate on the part of those people who are trying to sort out what kinds of policy and procedures they want to advocate. the question of the youth and mrs. clinton. i actually didn't put much import in that. i think it is clear that mrs. clinton's visit was not particularly well organized and so figuring out beforehand who would be willing and able to meet with her and that is why i think it didn't happen. and so some of that, you know they left themselves open to apparently being disrespected if you well. but i don't know that there is anything deeper to read into that at this juncture in any event. on the issue of the turnout for the constitutional referendum, the mid-40s may not sound like a lot to you but the turnout for the parliamentary elections in the fall was 5%. the mid-40s is pretty high. and in fact it was viewed as very high. people were very very happy. there were all these people who said i hadn't voted in 40 years, have never voted before and so forth and so on. so it may not have been 100%. but in many of the rural areas i t
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Mar 24, 2011 5:00pm EDT
brussels and can you bring us up to date about any calls that the secretary may have had? >> your second question first. she just finished a phone call with uk foreign secretary hauge, france foreign minister, and turkish foreign minister, and it just finished. i don't have a clear readout. we'll try to get you something on that. >> three-way call? >> four-way call. including the secretary of state. yeah. >> did she tell the foreign secretary she planned or did not plan to attend the big meeting? >> we don't have anything. >> did she physical -- she did tell him? >> i didn't get the readout. i'm sorry. >> what is it you expect out the nato meeting? >> well, again, nato within the national atlantic council is hard at work. permanent representatives remain hard at work. they began meeting at 4:30 brussels time. i'm not sure they have broken from the meeting. i think we've been clear that we want to see a transition away from the early stages, we want to see a coalition moving forward that preserves or utilizing rather nato's unique capability in terms of command and control. >> woul
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Mar 18, 2011 5:00pm EDT
that -- and the most important is how important air travel is to us, but how alaskans have been harmed. we are four times -- we travel four times what the rest of the united states does. all the other members of the citizens that travel, and i think i'm supposed to be ending here. i hope you'll read the rest of my comments and any other questions, please ask. >> thank you, and thank you for that testimony. we'll bet the balance of your testimony into the record. i'd also like to ask unanimous consent that the resolution from the state of alaska be entered into the record. without objection, so ordered. i'd like to recognize myself for five minutes, and then each member. one of the hallmarks of the united states of america is the commitment to the fourth commitment, unreasonable search and seasuire. how do we find that balance and what was your personal experience and there's many who argue if you choose to go on an airplane, then you choose to give up those rights. can you sure with us your perspective? >> thank you very much, mr. chairman. mr. chair, it's absolutely true for al
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Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
common sense would tell us that that kind of diew -- duplication is not efficient and is not effective use of taxpayer dollars. my amendment would review each program and submit the recommendations which must be considered by congress under procedures like we use under the budget act t could not be filibustered t would have to be voted on. congress would not be able to ignore the commission's reports. the amendment provides expedited procedures that would force congress to consider and debate the commission's work. congress would have two years to consider and pass the commission's recommendations or to reauthorize the program before it would be abollished by operation of law. in other words, the program is abollished if congress fails to reauthorize it twa years after the commission completes its review and analysis of the program. this commission would help force congress to do the necessary oversight to make sure that every taxpayer dollar is wisely spent. while we all do our best to ensthiewr proper oversight is given to each program, we don't have the tools currently available to
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Mar 4, 2011 12:00pm EST
. guest: so fraking is used to get the well to start produci gas. it's been around for a long time. there's been great advancements to help expand drilling how to handle the water that ces up. that water comes up from the well. what we looked at closely are levels of radio activity in waste water, what is going on to keep the public safe from it. 13 states using this technique. hydrofracking. 13 states are using this method. there are federal regulations administered by the epa and state regulations. can the epa overrule any other regulations when it comes to this? it varies. most of the regulation of drilling is done at a state we follow it through the shoage treatment plants and we found further downstream that some of that discussion took place earlier this week on e floor of the house. dealing with the issue you spelled out, which is the eation of jobs. here's the jobs debate. natural gas usage i a very important transition strategy as we look at our energy needs going into the future. whether transportation fuel, electricity generation. those taxes proposed by the administrati
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Mar 14, 2011 12:00pm EDT
government accounting office tells us that the sec is unable to reliably track its finances because it cannot control its own financial reporting. two, the sec's inspector general tells us that 30 employees, including an assistant regional directer, viewed sexually-exlis sit materials at work, and only one was actually fired. was anyone else ever disciplined? three, now the news media tells us that the sec's general counsel was allow today advise the commissioners on the madoff case when he had a personal financial interest. all of these matters represent a breakdown in oversight and management, a failure of internal controls. the sad irony is that the sec is the federal agency in charge of making sure publicly-traded companies have effective internal controls and public governance structures. in fact, mr. chairman, if these events happened at a publicly-traded company, the sec would be investigatorring itself, and -- investigating itself, and what would be the penalties? the federal agencies are subject to the financial integrity act which dictates that they provide annual assuranc
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Mar 23, 2011 5:00pm EDT
quite misleading the party opposite suggest some of us don't appreciate that is well for our constituents. but it has to be affordable. it has to be within the power of the free enterprise economy to pay for out of reasonable taxation in a way which doesn't damage our growth, which is why it's so important. now, what is so crucial as the government has managed to find an extra 70 billion of cash spending for the fifth year of the plan compared with the start year, it is crucial that we keep public sector costs down so that the maximum amount of that money can go to improving service quality and in some cases improving the amount of service and the minimum amount of it goes in extra costs and extra inefficiencies. and now all parties will say in office that they wish to have more efficiently run public services that they not only have to will the end but they have to will the means. that is why the reforms that this government is embarking on are so important. crucial that the government should listen. crucial that sensible criticisms are taken on board. but the public service
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Mar 29, 2011 9:00am EDT
there was no ballot, they threatened to sue us was generally the reaction. starting with the questions. >> thank you. so i'm mike. i'm actually here from the other iowa, and i just want to draw some similarities here and get your comments. i believe that the great advantage that iowa brings to the process and that new hampshire brings to the process is we're small. instead of mummy, it's liquor. they've got to make an impact on the people to gain our votes. .. that set a record for caucus attendance and i would say that all 118,000 of those people attended an event probably shook the candidate's hand and then they supported so it is about as retail politics as you can get and when you make it about retail politics it is not about how much money you can raise and those sort of things and that is the one beauty, and why iowa and new hampshire -- but allow me. i am not from iowa. don't hold against me. can you not shake hands with the people of florida? [inaudible] >> can i shake the hand of the people in rhode island? of the conversation is about size how about we go to rhode island or c
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